ISAIAH 14The Restoration of Jacob 14:1 For the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob. 2 And the peoples will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them in the Lord’s land as male and female slaves. They will take captive those who were their captors, and rule over those who oppressed them. Israel’s Remnant Taunts Babylon3 When the Lord has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve, 4 you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon:“How the oppressor has ceased,the insolent fury ceased! 5 The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,the scepter of rulers, 6 that struck the peoples in wrathwith unceasing blows,that ruled the nations in angerwith unrelenting persecution. 7 The whole earth is at rest and quiet;they break forth into singing. 8 The cypresses rejoice at you,the cedars of Lebanon, saying,‘Since you were laid low,no woodcutter comes up against us.’ 9 Sheol beneath is stirred upto meet you when you come;it rouses the shades to greet you,all who were leaders of the earth;it raises from their thronesall who were kings of the nations. 10 All of them will answerand say to you:‘You too have become as weak as we!You have become like us!’ 11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol,the sound of your harps;maggots are laid as a bed beneath you,and worms are your covers.
ISAIAH 15An Oracle Concerning Moab 15:1 An oracle concerning Moab.Because Ar of Moab is laid waste in a night,Moab is undone;because Kir of Moab is laid waste in a night,Moab is undone. 2 He has gone up to the temple, and to Dibon,to the high places to weep;over Nebo and over MedebaMoab wails.On every head is baldness;every beard is shorn; 3 in the streets they wear sackcloth;on the housetops and in the squareseveryone wails and melts in tears. 4 Heshbon and Elealeh cry out;their voice is heard as far as Jahaz;therefore the armed men of Moab cry aloud;his soul trembles. 5 My heart cries out for Moab;her fugitives flee to Zoar,to Eglath-shelishiyah.For at the ascent of Luhiththey go up weeping;on the road to Horonaimthey raise a cry of destruction; 6 the waters of Nimrimare a desolation;the grass is withered, the vegetation fails,the greenery is no more. 7 Therefore the abundance they have gainedand what they have laid upthey carry awayover the Brook of the Willows. 8 For a cry has gonearound the land of Moab;her wailing reaches to Eglaim;her wailing reaches to Beer-elim. 9 For the waters of Dibon are full of blood;for I will bring upon Dibon even more,a lion for those of Moab who escape,for the remnant of the land.
PROVERBS 1212:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,but he who hates reproof is stupid. 2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord,but a man of evil devices he condemns. 3 No one is established by wickedness,but the root of the righteous will never be moved. 4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones. 5 The thoughts of the righteous are just;the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,but the mouth of the upright delivers them. 7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,but the house of the righteous will stand. 8 A man is commended according to his good sense,but one of twisted mind is despised. 9 Better to be lowly and have a servantthan to play the great man and lack bread. 10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. 11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense. 12 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,but the root of the righteous bears fruit. 13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,but the righteous escapes from trouble. 14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him. 15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,but a wise man listens to advice. 16 The vexation of a fool is known at once,but the prudent ignores an insult. 17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,but a false witness utters deceit. 18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips endure forever,but a lying tongue is but for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,but those who plan peace have joy. 21 No ill befalls the righteous,but the wicked are filled with trouble. 22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,but those who act faithfully are his delight. 23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,but the heart of fools proclaims folly. 24 The hand of the diligent will rule,while the slothful will be put to forced labor. 25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,but a good word makes him glad. 26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,but the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,but the diligent man will get precious wealth. 28 In the path of righteousness is life,and in its pathway there is no death.
PHILEMON 1Greeting 1:1 Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
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